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Social Welfare    SVDP WORRIED ABOUT SOARING FUEL COSTS
The financial burden of soaring petrol prices has driven more people to seek help from the St Vincent de Paul Society.
    The Society's Queensland President Tim O'Connor told The Catholic Leader that people with regular jobs could cope with the petrol price increases. But those on low fixed incomes, including those receiving welfare benefits, could no longer cope with the increases.
    However they still needed their cars.
    "People on benefits have no capacity to save or to cope with higher petrol prices," he said. "They are hit hardest and this means more people coming to the Society for help."
    Mr O'Connor said the Society would support an inquiry into what extent the GST and market forces were driving petrol price increases, and how far these are within the control of the Federal Government.
   
Catholic Leader
   
5 Sep 00



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